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Oct 11, 2009 12:45 PM

Thanksgiving Salad Suggestions

Any suggestions for an amazing salad to serve for Thanksgiving? It will be on a buffet. I'm hoping something using fruit, nuts, and maybe cheese. Thanks you!

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  1. Maybe something like this would work?

    It's do-ahead.

    1. Personally, I'd skip it if your overall menu is made up of the usual suspects. There's plenty of food already, including multiple vegetables. People don't need to fill up on salads and appetizers. That said, mesclun with roasted beets, feta, candied pecans, and dried cranberries with a vinaigrette (pomegranate vinegar a plus) is a nice, and colorful, fall salad.

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      1. re: greygarious

        I know you are right...but I'm feeling a lot of pressure to do spectacular this year. My husband was working last Thanksgiving and will be again in I feel like I need to make up for not having his family here. (Maybe I'll just serve a lot of liquor so they won't care how the food is.)

        1. re: DaisyM

          DM...we all have our own philosophies and traditions for this time of year, Dear God, I know...but I've added a fresh dark green salad for about 10 years now...really lightens everything up a bit and people have remarked how refreshing a somewhat bare-bones leafy salad can's usually just dark romaine, cukes, finely chopped red onion and tomatoes -- I'm in Florida so they are available at this time of year, I know that's not true for everyone.

      2. Arugula or Mesclun with red onion, grape tomatoes, goat cheese, walnuts, and dried cherries or cranberries. Balsamic vinaigrette.

        1. That compote does look very nice for Thanksgiving posted by BangorDin! Here's one to consider and the presentation is beyond compare...someone brought this to our work Holiday luncheon in 2008...those pomegranate seeds sparkled like jewels and we were all floored and it TASTES awesome! You could scale back on the proscuitto a bit if you think meat in the salad is too much...Katie added good quality shaved parmesan-reggiano--you could probably use just that instead of the proscuitto...whatever, it's a most beautiful salad:

          1. I LOVE this salad for Thanksgiving, though no longer make it since every year it was only mom and I who ate salad. Sigh, I guess it's "too healthy" for the rest of my guests. I cut down the sugar to one tsp. One year I added goat cheese too.

            Apple, Dried Cherry, and Walnut Salad with Maple Dressing

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            1. re: Rubee

              Geez, this sounds so interesting with the maple syrup dressing! I think I'll try it just to bring to lunch next week! Sons are not fond of mixing greens with fruit so doubt I would try it for our Thanksgiving (I have to be vewy vewy caweful!) but thanks for that post Rubee!

              1. re: Val

                I'd like to know what you think! My husband isn't a fan of fruit in salad either (or salad, for that matter!), but I love the sweet/tangy combination and the nuts in this salad. I have two girlfriends who have requested the recipe and it's now their contribution when asked to bring something to a Thanksgiving dinner.

                1. re: Rubee

                  The one green salad/fruit combo I know I despise is when a salad has mandarin oranges in me, it is so disgusting! But, that's just me! Mandarin oranges are okay..(LOL, I live in Florida so I'll be da**ed if I'll buy canned oranges but you know, in certain fruit dishes, they'd be acceptable) and salads I LOVE but together...ugh! Rubee, I promise when I try it, I will let you know! I'm not always great about actually trying my "to try" recipes but I do make efforts!

                  1. re: Val

                    I agree - can't remember the last time I had canned mandarin oranges in a salad.

                    But speaking of oranges - Here's another favorite salad. It's a winter salad from Goin's "Sunday Suppers". I love the combination (greens, blood oranges, though I've used regular oranges, dates, reggiano, and almonds), and it's easy too. It's my go-to salad for NYE or Christmas...